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£800,000 cocaine stash seized at Edinburgh Airport
Police efforts praised as operation nets largest ever cocaine find in Edinburgh
Francesco Cirillo
Sunday, 23 November, 2008 | 17:02
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Edinburgh police have hailed an operation at Edinburgh airport which resulted in the seizure of 16 kilograms of internationally trafficked cocaine, with an estimated street value of £800,000.

The find on 11 November is the largest single recovery of cocaine the Lothian and Borders Police have made, and came following a search from HM Revenue and Customs.

Two Mexican nationals, a 40 year-old male and a 37 year-old female, have been charged with international trafficking of illegal drugs.

Bill Skelly, temporary chief constable of Lothian and Borders Police praised the operation, saying: “This is the largest recovery of cocaine that the force has made to date, and is an excellent example of the partnership working between Lothian and Borders Police and HM Revenue and Customs.

“Safeguarding our communities against the scourge of drugs is a priority for Lothian and Borders Police, and our intelligence-led approach has resulted in a rise in the number of class-A seizures in recent years.

“Rest assured that we will continue to build upon this success, and we would ask members of the public to play by providing us with information on any drug-dealing activity they suspect is taking place in local communities.”

However, there remain a number of unanswered questions yet to be resolved by the police in charge of the operation.

It is not clear if the cocaine was intended simply for the market in Edinburgh or was part of a wider importation network for the rest of the country.

It is also unclear whether or not the two suspects are connected to one of several high-profile Mexican cartels of international trafficking, such as those operating out of Tijuana or Juarez, or if they were working alone.

Drugs seizures in Edinburgh are on the increase; experts agree that with such a large quantity being seized from an international source, there is a growing threat of an increase in the capital's drug market.

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